English Language

“A book is simply the container of an idea-like a bottle;
what is inside the book is what matters.”

Author: Angela Carter

For the first two terms of Year 9, students will be developing skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. In the summer term, they will begin their GCSE course, with work on non-fiction and ‘Macbeth’.

Examining Board: Eduqas

Aim of Course

The course aims to develop the students’ abilities to communicate effectively in speech and writing, and to listen with understanding. It should also enable them to be enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable readers.


There are three key areas of English Language: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.

For Speaking and Listening, students will: present and listen to information and ideas; respond appropriately to others; make effective contributions, use creative approaches to exploring questions, solving problems and developing ideas; participate in a range of real life contexts in and beyond the classroom, adapting talk to situation and audience; select and use a range of techniques and creative approaches to explore ideas, texts and issues in scripted and improvised work.

Students will study how meaning is constructed through words, sentences and whole texts, including multimodal texts and at least one extended text, exploring language variation. They will evaluate the ways in which texts may be interpreted differently according to the perspective of the reader.

Written work will require students to write accurately and fluently, choosing content and adapting style and language to a wide range of forms, media, contexts, audiences and purposes.

Method of Assessment

  • Examination: 100%
  • Coursework: Separate endorsement for speaking and listening
  • There will be no written coursework assessment.

Recommended Reading

We recommend our ‘sixteen classics to read before you are 16’, some of these include:

  • Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell;
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank;
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Drawing a Veil by Lari Don

Key Stage 5 Progression/Career Prospects

English Language GCSE is essential for all careers and a high grade is required for all A Level courses.